My wife's heirloom desk.

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Project by Eric Wolf posted 03-22-2010 08:42 PM 1438 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I restored (sort of), this desk over the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas ‘08. It originally was given to my mother in law, who used it as a school desk. My sister in law got ahold of it and slathered it in nasty black latex paint with yellow trim. My friend Scott and I completely took it down to bare wood and layed a new finish on it. The stripper we used was Soy Gel. I was a little skeptical of it at first, but I really like it. The only problem is that I used pure water to clean it up and it severely fuzzed and raised the grain.

The new finish is a half and half blend of Pure Tung oil and Dark Raw Tung oil with a brush on varnish top coat. I’ve learned I never want to use brush on again, especially during the winter because it doesn’t self level before it sets and takes a long time to level it out with scrub pad sanding.

The hardest part was getting the old paint off of the turned legs because we didn’t give the Soy Gel long enough to penetrate them. We also kind of messed up the curved piece on the front, which I have since reproduced. As you can see, even when we thought all of the finish was out of the turned legs, the first oil coat proved us wrong! The top piece was kind of interesting too because the writing surface was coated with black pine tar wax! I was careful to take that off with the belt sander a little at a time because I didn’t want to gum up the planer with it.

-- "A man who wants to work must attach value to the best tools." - Goethe

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 08:57 PM

very nice recovery

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 09:09 PM

Good job. It looks great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 03:24 AM

looks good man

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